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Former Employee Proved No Damages As A Result Of Alleged Defamation

The Nethercutt Collection v. Regalia, 172 Cal. App. 4th 361 (2009) Michael Regalia sued The Nethercutt Collection for wrongful termination and slander after he was terminated as its president. The jury rejected the wrongful termination claim, but awarded Regalia $750,000 in damages for “assumed harm” to his reputation arising from two statements attributable to the … Continue Reading

Union’s Anti-SLAPP Motion Was Properly Denied

Rivero v. AFSCME, AFL-CIO, 105 Cal. App. 4th 913 (2003) David Rivero was a supervisor of janitors at the International House at UC Berkeley before his employment was terminated when he refused to accept a demotion to dishwasher and pot scrubber in the International House’s kitchen. Rivero sued his union, the AFSCME, for libel, slander … Continue Reading

Union Comments Made About Employer During Labor Dispute Were Not Defamatory

Steam Press Holdings, Inc. v. Hawaii Teamsters & Allied Workers Union, 302 F.3d 998 (9th Cir. 2002) During the course of a labor dispute, union president Mel Kahele told a number of employees of the company (Steam Press Holdings, Inc.) that the owner of the company, Michael Drace, was “making money” and “hiding it in … Continue Reading
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